Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

I recently bought a head of cauliflower, but didn't really know what to do with it. Then today Our Best Bites posted this recipe 
I've heard cauliflower is super good for you too.

Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower
Recipe by
3-4 tbs olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 head cauliflower
kosher salt and pepper
2-3 tablespoons crumbled Parmesan cheese (stuff in a green can a-okay!)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Heat in microwave for about 20 seconds and set aside.
Remove stem and leaves from cauliflower head and trim into large florets. Slice each floret into 1/4 inch slices and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and garlic mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper. Use clean hands to toss to coat. Add more olive oil if needed. Bake for 15 minutes and then toss with spatula. Bake 10 more and then toss with Parmesan cheese. Continue baking for 5-10 minutes until slightly golden brown on edges.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Best Pancakes EVER

This is hands down the best pancake recipe I've ever made. It wasn't necessarily the blueberry lemon flavor (which yes, is totally good), but just the pancake itself. So good. I've never felt like I figured pancakes out until now. Mine were always sub par, brick-ish ... and I don't overmix. They just never turned out perfectly. AND I got to use fresh lemons from my tree :). Oh, and I didn't have cake flour, so I used AP flour. Still totally soft and good. Can't wait to make them with sliced bananas (my fave way to make pancakes).

Sammy kept calling them "cupcakes" when we were making 'em. Sorry darling, you are going to be disappointed if you think we are making cake.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes (Pioneer Woman)


  • 1-1/2 cup Cake Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (additional) Cake Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Lemon (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Large Egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Zest From 1 Lemon
  • 1 cup Heaping Blueberries
  • Extra Butter
  • Maple Or Pancake Syrup

Preparation Instructions

Heat heavy skillet or grill over medium low heat.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix evaporated milk, juice of 1 lemon (more if lemon isn't very juicy), and lemon zest. Allow to sit for five minutes, then add egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix to combine.
Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Splash in more evaporated milk if mixture is overly thick. Stir in blueberries. Again, check to make sure mixture isn't overly thick.
Melt butter in heated skillet. Drop batter by 1/4 cup measures and fry pancakes on both sides until golden.
Serve with softened butter and warm syrup.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Corn Salsa

This is yummy!

1 can of corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
2 chopped tomatoes
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 bunch green onion, chopped
1 envelope Italian dressing (made according to pkg directions)
2 avocados, chopped

Mix all ingredients except avocados.  Add avocados just before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sweet twist on crusty dutch oven bread

I made this while I was in Fallon at new years, here's the recipe:  Make the dough as the recipe calls.  Crusty Dutch Oven Bread  sprinkle a handful of pecans and a handfull of white chocolate chips on the dough before you fold it 3 times to rise making sure the nuts and chocolate chips are tucking inside the dough so they don't burn in the oven.  After cooling a little  cut bread and spread with salted chocolate butter.

Salted Chocolate Butter

1 cube unsalted butter (normally I ignore the unsalted part of a reciped calling for butter, but  you're       supposed to salt this yourself with course salt)
1 1/2 TBS powdered sugar
1 TBS cocoa
1/4 tsp course salt
handfull of chocolate chunks

Mix first 4 ingredients with mixer, (it's supposed to be kinda salty so taste to see if it needs more).  Mix in chocolate chunks and spread over bread

Mom's Beef Stew

I'm sure you all have this recipe (the old ward cookbook), but it's definitely Eat or Die worthy.  I made this for Sunday dinner yesterday and it tasted better today.

2 lbs cubed beef
1 1/2 c. onion
Brown cubed beef and add onion.
1 1/2 c. canned tomatoes
3 TBS tapioca
1 1/2 c. beef broth
1 clove garlic
1 TBS parsley
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp peppers
6 medium carrots
3 large potatoes
1/2 c. celery

bake 350* for at least 2 hours... Or brown meat for a few minutes then dump everything into a crockpot and cook all day.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Best Cornbread

I found the recipe here. I tweaked it a little, but it's so good. The honey butter is delish too, but it makes tons! I would 1/2 or even 1/4 the recipe. I've undercooked this recipe so so many times, so make sure you bake it long enough. Just check it with a toothpick.

My Go-To Cornbread
½ cup cornmeal
1 ½ cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
(You could definitely do less if you want to)
1 tablespoon baking powder (I accidentally used soda once. bad news...)
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 ¼ cup milk
Honey Butter: (makes tons)
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
For the cornbread, add dry ingredients, make a well and add oil, butter, eggs, and milk into the center. Stir until just mixed
(don't over mix!) (batter will be runny – don’t be alarmed!). Bake in an 8” square pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (I usually bake it for at least 40 minutes. Check it until a toothpick comes out clean). This doubles perfectly for a 9X13-inch pan.
For the honey butter, whip all together with an electric mixer and serve at room temperature (can be refrigerated and softened).

Sweet Heat Louisiana Chili

We had this recipe for dinner while Kel was in Fallon, so I thought I'd post it. This is my absolute favorite chili. It's got an interesting kick to it with the Balsamic Vinegar and the cajun seasoning. It calls for sun dried tomatoes but they're expensive and a lot of work so I always leave them out. It really makes a difference if you have the time to simmer this for 2 hours like it says. It's good without it, but much thicker and more like chili instead of soup if you do. Recipe source is here, of course.

Sweet Heat Louisiana Chili
1 medium onion, diced
1 large green bell pepper, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
3 cloves of garlic, smashed or diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound of ground meat (I used ground beef)
1 quart of meat stock (I used beef but Brad and Cass used 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 beef stock)
2 large cans (28 oz. each) of whole stewed tomatoes
(I use 2 quarts of my home bottled tomatoes instead)
1 can of kidney red beans
1 can of black beans
2 cups sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
3 bay leaves
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp cayenne pepper (1/2 or less is good and mild for kids)
3 tsp creole or cajun seasoning blend
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I only put a little more than 1 tbl, but Rob likes the full amount)
salt to taste
Over medium heat, saute first four ingredients (onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic) in 1 tbsp
of oil. Once the onions begin to sweat, add your choice of ground meat. Brown to perfection.
(Drain fat)
When the meat is cooked, add the stock, bay leaves, dry mustard and cayenne. Simmer over
medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. Rehydrate the sun-dried tomatoes and
dice. Puree the stewed tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Add to pot. Rinse the canned
beans in plenty of water, add to the pot along with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt and the
cajun or creole seasoning. Mix well and simmer over low heat for two hours, stirring
occasionally. (fish out the bay leaves) Take off heat and allow to stand covered for five minutes. Serve and enjoy.